To all of you vegetarians, vegans, ALF, ELF, and animal rights activists out there - You are amazing. Thank you for making your beliefs a priority in your life and for not conforming, even when people berate you and call you annoying or self-righteous. I know that you aren’t. I know that you care about the needs of the environment and other sentient beings more than you care about fitting into the social norm. Thank you for having compassion, for taking a stance, and for striving for change. Most of all, thank you for not being silent. Thank you for educating others about the injustices that most people would rather look away from. Though you are currently a minority, your commitment is valuable. You are an inspiration. Indeed, if it were not for people like you who place morals and ethics above convenience, women would not have the right to vote and slavery never would have been abolished. Keep on keeping on, you beautiful and compassionate souls.
People who advocate the killing of unborn children and then rally for the termination of laboratory rat experiments? Nonsensical and outrageous.
And they go about saying “how people live their life is their own business.” Lovely! Bring a child’s life into the world? You have no right to take it away from them.
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“Animals do have a voice, if you ignore their suffering I will remind you of it. If you don’t understand them I will translate. If you don’t hear them I will be their voice. You may silence them, but you cannot silence me as long as I live.”—Anita Vegan-Mahdessian
Why does being a human make someone special? Really think about your answer.
What makes us recognizably human, then, is not what is natural about us but what is unnatural: reason and its projections in language, culture, ritual, and technology, self-awareness, conscious memory, imagination, and the higher emotions; and, most important, values, ethics, morals, and the freedom from nature’s determinism that allows us to choose, whether for good or ill. Nothing else in nature possesses any of these attributes, despite the wishful thinking of those who believe they are teaching chimps to “talk,” or who consider a monkey digging up termites with a stick to be “using tools,” or who label baboon rump-submission a “social practice,” or who subjectively interpret the behavior of animals to indicate the presence of “self-awareness” ore higher human emotions such as love, grief, regret, guilt, shame, or loyalty. For every dog that howls over the body of its dead master there is another that, if necessary, will happily eat his corpse.
Professor Bruce Thornton - Fresno State University
Have you thought about your answer?
Hey, all! Just wanted to make a first post to get this blog rolling!
We are UCSD P.E.A.C.E. That stands for People for the Elimination of Animal Cruelty through Education!
Before you ask, nope! We aren’t part of PETA! We are a student organization located at the University of California, San Diego.
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I hate the circus, period.
This past week the R-J (newspaper I work for) has been covering the Cole Bros. Circus. It’s their second time coming to Meriden, Conn., so it’s a big deal in the local news industry.
On Monday my assignment was to go to the circus in the morning and find out what it takes to set up.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t really want to do it. Why?
I hate the circus.
I think I’ve hated it since I was a little girl. The way they treat the animals and just the fact that they’re in the show. My question is for what? I saw the show…the animal segments of the show were unnecessary and to a point fucking cruel.
I know I may be going a little overboard, but to be honest I can’t remember the last time I’d ever been to a circus. I must have been really young and even then I’m not completely sure I went. My mother isn’t a fan of these ‘shows of cruelty’ either. She hasn’t been since SHE was a little girl.
So after seeing the show I honestly have to say it was bothering me all night. The way they whipped the ponies and the camels. I just …I was completely horrified. I began doing some research on it. I just wanted some piece of mind.
I ended up feeling even worse. I came across a video of a Cole Bros. employee beating an elephant with a bull hook. Apparently a man in Massachusetts took the video accidentally and reported it to PETA. This is the THIRD complaint against this fucking circus for brutally beating their animals.
I’m only 22-years-old and I may not be too sure about a lot of things, but I’ll be sure of one thing. I’m NEVER, EVER taking my future-child to the circus. I just wouldn’t be able to.
Here’s the press-release I found about the Cole Bros. treatment of Elephants: